Why are we changing PLD?

We’re changing Professional Learning and Development – what it is focused on, who delivers it, and how schools, kura and CoL can access it.

This is in order to:

  • Make centrally-funded PLD more effective;
  • Make more of a difference to student outcomes in priority areas;
  • Support school leadership to lead and sustain improvement; and
  • Strengthen professional networks as a complementary source of support for teachers and leaders.


In 2013 the Government set up a sector-led Advisory group to provide advice on the future design of PLD. The Advisory Group identified what was working well, and a number of weaknesses and concerns about the PLD system. It recommended a new approach. 

The Government considered the Advisory Group’s report, and what works well in other systems, and decided to overhaul the system. In September last year the Minister of Education, the Hon Hekia Parata, announced changes to the professional learning and development system. The focus of the change is on increasing the effectiveness of PLD for leaders and teachers that will help improve outcomes for students, and supporting leaders to undertake robust inquiry and develop improvement plans that will bring about system change.

The new PLD system reflects the advice from the PLD Advisory Group, and input from sector representatives on PLD working and reference groups.

More information

More information on the changes for schools, Kura and CoL is available here.

More information on the changes for providers and facilitators is available here.